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Post# 973662   12/14/2017 at 14:54 (311 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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A never installed suite of Eljer bathroom fixtures in pink.


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Post# 973664 , Reply# 1   12/14/2017 at 15:02 (311 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

What I wouldn't give!!BEAUTIFUL!

Post# 973683 , Reply# 2   12/14/2017 at 18:24 (311 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        
Check Out This Bathroom!

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We're house hunting and last weekend I took a look at an all-original (except for kitchen appliances) 1957 home not far from where we live now.  It needs a good amount of work so it's not a contender, but the main bathroom needs nothing.  I'd leave it just as it is, except I'd change the light fixture with a perfect MCM type I have that could easily pass for original, and perhaps install a fun floor covering.  My realtor agreed with me.  I don't know the manufacturer of the fixtures, but they and the tiles are all in perfect shape:


Post# 973684 , Reply# 3   12/14/2017 at 18:29 (311 days old) by spacepig (Floridas Emerald Coast)        

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Oh wow! I would love those sinks!!

Post# 973765 , Reply# 4   12/15/2017 at 09:34 (311 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Sad thing is you know what's probably going to happen to that bath when the house is purchased. It'll get the sledgehammer treatment. I could see this in an episode of House Hunters where the potential buyers walk in and say something like "this is awful". "It would need to be totally ripped out and redone".

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Post# 973773 , Reply# 5   12/15/2017 at 10:55 (311 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        
Anyone Else Here Remember

when toilet tissue came in different colors? And then there was Aurora, the expensive stuff that was colored on one ply, and white on the other.

We've lost something in the last half-century with people fleeing color. Some would say it's endemic in American society, and I don't know that I'd disagree.

Post# 973792 , Reply# 6   12/15/2017 at 12:44 (310 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Ken, you have expressed my sentiments exactly.  Even an experienced realtor who was at the open house described the bathroom as "beautiful," but he was in his mid '60s, so has an appreciation.  The kitchen is also original, but not very flashy and appliances are fairly recent ones.  I could leave it as is and give it a good scrubbing, but there's just way too much other work the place needs, so it's off my list.  It's meant for a family, and I'm sure that's who will buy it.  Pink shards for the taking out of a dumpster are in the not too distant future.


John, wasn't it Lady Bird Johnson who, in an early ecological move, pushed to get toilet paper dyes out of our treatment plants?  I remember my surprise when on a trip to Normandy and Paris in 1994 the toilet paper in the country house where we stayed was hot pink!  What a throwback!

Post# 973799 , Reply# 7   12/15/2017 at 13:14 (310 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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I didn't do anything to the pink bathroom in my house. I just fixed the leaking bath faucets and replaced the sink faucets for older ones!

I didn't even bother repainting or replacing the green curtains! Pink and green seems a bit odd but I don't mind and I'll avoid the licking the walls just in case that pink paint contains lead!

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Post# 973801 , Reply# 8   12/15/2017 at 13:25 (310 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Don't know why but pink and green seem to have traditionally been paired together for some time.

Post# 973805 , Reply# 9   12/15/2017 at 13:59 (310 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Phil, we had that same beige tone mosaic sheet tile floor used as a surround for the bathtub at our previous house.  It sure was popular!


From the pictures, it looks like maybe your tile surround got a glaze treatment at some point to turn it pink.

Post# 973807 , Reply# 10   12/15/2017 at 14:01 (310 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        

I haven't heard that about LBJ, and I've read an awful lot on her. I met her once in Austin, such a sweet lady. Crooked in business, but a sweet lady.

Of course, she left the WH in January of '69 and colored toilet paper went on for years after that, and colored paper towels so much longer still.

Post# 973822 , Reply# 11   12/15/2017 at 15:24 (310 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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The bath surround tile matches the bath (and they have not been refinished) but the soap holder isn't matching exactly, same for the tiles around the floor that are of a flashier pink than the rest.

This house was built over a 10 years period. The construction apparently began in 1954 but bathroom sinks are dated from 1959 and the toilet from 1964, they're all made by Crane, I'm not sure about the color but it's a shade of pink that must have been available in those years. I was told the first owner never lived in this house and it was still not finished in November of 1964 when the next owners bought it. The plumber who worked for the second owners since they bought the house (he's still working at age 75) told me that the bathroom upstairs was partially finished when they bought the house.
The toilet has a date code from December 18 of 1964 so it must have been installed by the second owners.
I took a few pics to try to show the colors better.

The link below shows different shades of pink by different manufacturers. I think mine are shell pink.


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Post# 973827 , Reply# 12   12/15/2017 at 16:43 (310 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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I've always been fond of the 1x1 mosaic products!  I guess they get scrapped quickly today by most people but I still consider them a premium product.  Your wall tiles appear to Gloss or what American Olean called Satinglo.  The blend on the floor is nice - more beiges than pink - but a nice coordinate.



Post# 973838 , Reply# 13   12/15/2017 at 17:28 (310 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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John, maybe I got it wrong.  I know LBJ had bigger fish to fry with trying to get rid of billboards across the nation, so maybe it was somebody else who went after colored TP.

Post# 973847 , Reply# 14   12/15/2017 at 17:42 (310 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

You betcha I remember colored poop paper. That and pattern paper. I miss stuff like that. The hall bath in the beach house was done in pink and black. Loved it.


Post# 973948 , Reply# 15   12/16/2017 at 08:20 (310 days old) by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

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The last motel I stayed at on the beach back in 06 had a bathroom with tile and fixtures that I think were mint green with black bullnose tiles for trim but I can't remember exactly.

I went to an estate sale early this year that was in an old home from probably the 20s or 30s and the bathroom was all pink, fixtures and tile.

Interesting the his and her sinks, I guess those were a thing even back then, at least in some homes.

Post# 974030 , Reply# 16   12/16/2017 at 13:49 (309 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
I can attest from personal observation..

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and actual use, that PhilR's bathroom, not to mention the entire house, is absolutely spectacualar, especially for any lover of design and decor of the '50s and '60s! And his changes have only made it better!

Post# 974031 , Reply# 17   12/16/2017 at 13:52 (309 days old) by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
BTW the gorgeous bathroom in the orginal post...

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will no doubt be declared "outdated" (hate that word!) by some barbarian and promptly obliterated for the installation of trendy new garbage that will be lucky to last for 10 years. Such a pity.

Post# 974151 , Reply# 18   12/17/2017 at 00:50 (309 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

ANYONE that tears out those vintage kitchens and bathrooms is an IDIOT!!!Hate the newer white and black lifeless stuff!THAT is what should go into the renovation dumpster!

Post# 974519 , Reply# 19   12/18/2017 at 19:24 (307 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

The fixtures in Ralph's post appear to be American-Standard. The tub is the "Pembroke" model, in the Corallin color. I have the tub in Ming Green.

On this monitor, Phil's Crane fixtures look more like the Sun Tan color than Shell Pink. Crane made very nice fixtures at that time, along with A-S and Kohler.

Post# 974557 , Reply# 20   12/19/2017 at 01:16 (307 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Tom, you may be right! I have looked closely at this and the tiles look more like the sun tan color than the shell pink color. It's strange that they used some pink tiles along with them around the floor and for the soap holder for the bath, I guess that explains why the colors don't match!

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